French star Mbappe posts hilarious response amid claims he is set to quit PSG for Real Madrid
Mbappe, 20, is one of the most highly sought-after talents in world football, and is currently under contract at PSG until 2022 following his €180 million (US$200 million) move from Monaco which was completed last summer.
The rapid striker netted 33 league goals last season as he was crowned Ligue 1 Player of the Year, but has increasingly been linked with a switch to Spain to join up with French legend Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid.
Twitter account Transfer News – which styles itself as “sharing the most reliable transfer news on Twitter and debunking false rumours” – upped the intrigue this week with a post about Mbappe’s alleged demands to remain at PSG.
“Kylian Mbappe’s representatives have sent a list of demands to PSG’s hierarchy,” Transfer News wrote to its 93,000 followers
“They include: - He must be guaranteed to play up front rather than out wide - He must take all penalties when he’s playing - He must own a far greater % of his image rights if he remains at the club.”
Kylian Mbappe’s representatives have sent a list of demands to PSG’s hierarchy. They include:— Transfer News (@TransferChecker) June 11, 2019
- He must be guaranteed to play up front rather than out wide
- He must take all penalties when he’s playing
- He must own a far greater % of his image rights if he remains at the club
But the French forward was having none of it, replying to the post with a heavy helping of humor.
“Sorry you forgot something, Kylian Mbappé want to play goalkeeper,” Mbappe wrote, adding a grinning face emoji.
“FAKE NEWS,” he then added, followed by three red crosses in a post that has been liked more than 40,000 times.
Sorry you forgot something, Kylian Mbappé want to play goalkeeper 😁— Kylian Mbappé (@KMbappe) June 12, 2019
FAKE NEWS ❌❌❌❌❌
Transfer News was sticking by its belief that Mbappe was off to Spain, however, replying with: “Have a safe flight to Madrid, mate. It’s nice this time of year.”
Have a safe flight to Madrid, mate. It’s nice this time of year.— Transfer News (@TransferChecker) June 12, 2019
When asked about the potential move following France’s UEFA Euro 2020 qualifier against Andorra on Tuesday – during which he opened the scoring in a 4-0 win – Mbappe simply said: "This is not the time to talk about Real Madrid."
But while Mbappe may have dismissed talk of a move to Real before he heads off on his holidays, the speculation is likely to rumble on throughout the summer as the Spanish giants seek to rebuild a squad that finished a distant third in La Liga last season, and were dumped out of the Champions League by Ajax in the last 16.
Zidane’s team have so far splashed out in excess of €250 million this summer, bringing in defender Eder Militao for €50 million, striker Luka Jovic for a reported €60 million, and playmaker Eden Hazard in a deal that could net Chelsea more than €150 million.